HIV Scotland submits joint human rights evidence to the UN

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Thursday 22nd September 2016

As part of HIV Scotland’s work to raise the importance of embedding human rights within Scotland’s HIV response, we submitted a response to the United Nations Human Rights Council. This response will be used to examine the UK’s record on upholding human rights and identify areas where there is need for improvement. Our submission, which was also co-signed by the National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and Waverley Care, highlights three human rights concerns that we believe must be addressed to better the lives of people living with and at risk of HIV in Scotland: the introduction of compulsory sexual health education; a fairer welfare system; increased efforts tackle HIV-related stigma. The joint submission by four national HIV organisations highlights the commitment across the sector to promoting and upholding current human rights protections.

HIV Scotland’s recommendation to improve access to sexual health education was also included within UK’s Civil Society report to the UN, which was compiled by the British Institute for Human Rights. We believe this is another clear statement that improving knowledge and understanding about HIV among young people is more than simply education, it is about realising existing human rights.

In 2017, representatives from the UK Government will appear before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and will be questioned on a range of issues identified by stakeholders, including those within the third sector. HIV Scotland will seek to engage and influence the nature of those discussions that take place

You can read our submission here UK HIV UPR Submission [DOCX - 47kB]